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Albany Devils

Albany Devils
2014–15 Albany Devils season
City Albany, New York
League American Hockey League
Conference Eastern Conference
Division Northeast Division
Founded 1998
Home arena Times Union Center
Boardwalk Hall
(alternate venue in Atlantic City, New Jersey)
Colors

Red, black, white


              
Owner(s) New Jersey Devils
General manager Chris Lamoriello
Head coach Rick Kowalsky
Captain Rod Pelley
Media Albany Times Union
WTMM-FM/104.5
Affiliates New Jersey Devils (NHL)
Franchise history
1998–2006 Lowell Lock Monsters
2006–2010 Lowell Devils
2010–present Albany Devils

The Albany Devils are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL), founded in 2010. The top AHL affiliate of the National Hockey League (NHL)'s New Jersey Devils, the team has as its home the Times Union Center in Albany, New York. This is the second time the New Jersey Devils have been affiliated with an Albany-based AHL team; from 1993 to 2006, the Devils used the Albany River Rats as their top minor league team.

History

On February 10, 2010, Albany River Rats owner Walter Robb sold his team to Michael Kahn. It was then announced that the River Rats would begin playing the 2010–11 season as the Charlotte Checkers. Robb, however, as well as members of the River Rats and Times Union Center's front office, had already begun looking for an American Hockey League team to replace the River Rats.[1]

On April 26, 2010, the New Jersey Devils sent Albany County a letter of intent to relocate to Albany, with a five-year commitment, on the grounds that the arena had specific renovations made.[2][3] New Jersey Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello, in a letter to the members of the Lowell Devils Booster Club, stated that changes presented in the lease with Lowell made it "financially impossible" to stay.[4]

On May 10, 2010, the county legislature voted 35–2 in favor of a $1.6 million upgrade to the facility to be spent on a new scoreboard, ribbon board advertising, and exterior lighting.[5]

On June 10, 2010, the New Jersey Devils officially announced on their website that they were moving the Lowell Devils to the Times Union Center in Albany, New York beginning with the 2010–11 AHL season to play as the Albany Devils.,[6] playing 36 of their 40 home games in Albany. The other four home games will be played in Atlantic City, New Jersey, at Boardwalk Hall.

Soon after that, on June 17, 2010, the New Jersey Devils announced they had promoted John MacLean to fill their head coaching vacancy. MacLean had been the head coach of the Lowell Devils during the 2009–10 season.[7]

On August 10, 2010, it was announced that Rick Kowalsky was named head coach of the team, with former New Jersey Devils defenceman Tommy Albelin being named the assistant coach.[8]

On December 28, 2013, the Devils achieved six consecutive wins at home, a franchise record, in front of a 4,566-person crowd at the Times Union Center.[9]

Season-by-season results

Calder Cup Champions Conference Champions Division Champions League Leader
Records as of May 5, 2014.[10]

Players

Current roster

Updated December 7, 2014.[11]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
36 Baier, EricEric Baier D R 26 2014 North Kingstown, Rhode Island PTO
21 Black, GrahamGraham Black C R 22 2014 Regina, Saskatchewan New Jersey
14 Boucher, ReidReid Boucher LW L 21 2012 East Lansing, Michigan New Jersey
28 Brunner, DamienDamien Brunner LW/C R 28 2014 Kloten, Switzerland New Jersey
7 Burlon, BrandonBrandon Burlon D L 24 2011 Nobleton, Ontario New Jersey
32 Faust, JoeJoe Faust D R 23 2014 Bloomington, Minnesota Albany
6 Fraser, MarkMark Fraser D L 28 2014 Ottawa, Ontario Albany
29 Hrabarenka, RamanRaman Hrabarenka D R 22 2012 Mogilev, Belarus Albany
22 Janssen, CamCam Janssen RW R 30 2013 St. Louis, Missouri New Jersey
20 Johnson, BenBen Johnson C L 20 2014 Hancock, Michigan New Jersey
8 Kelly, DanDan Kelly D L 25 2010 Morrisonville, New York New Jersey
37 Keenan, MikeMike Keenan D L 25 2014 Weymouth, Massachusetts PTO
1 Kinkaid, KeithKeith Kinkaid G R 25 2011 Farmingville, New York New Jersey
18 Matteau, StefanStefan Matteau LW L 21 2013 Chicago, Illinois New Jersey
16 McKelvie, ChrisChris McKelvie (A) LW L 30 2012 New Brighton, Minnesota Albany
33 McPherson, CorbinCorbin McPherson D R 26 2011 Folsom, California New Jersey
10 Pelley, RodRod Pelley (C) C L 30 2013 Kitimat, British Columbia New Jersey
12 Sestito, TimTim Sestito (A) C L 30 2010 Rome, New York New Jersey
24 Scarlett, ReeceReece Scarlett D L 21 2013 Sherwood Park, Alberta New Jersey
15 Thompson, PaulPaul Thompson RW R 26 2014 Methuen, Massachusetts Albany
26 Thomson, BenBen Thomson LW L 22 2014 Orangeville, Ontario New Jersey
17 Timmins, ScottScott Timmins C L 25 2013 Hamilton, Ontario New Jersey
31 Wedgewood, ScottScott Wedgewood G L 22 2012 Brampton, Ontario New Jersey
9 Whitney, JoeJoe Whitney LW L 27 2011 Reading, Massachusetts New Jersey
25 Wohlberg, DavidDavid Wohlberg C L 24 2011 South Lyon, Michigan New Jersey
23 Zajac, DarcyDarcy Zajac C R 28 2010 Winnipeg, Manitoba New Jersey
11 Zajac, KellyKelly Zajac C L 26 2012 Winnipeg, Manitoba Albany

Team Captains

References

  1. ^ Sichko, Adam (2010-02-10). "River Rats sold, relocating to N.C.".  
  2. ^ D'Errico, Richard A. (2010-04-30). "The Albany Devils? Times Union Center receives letter of intent".  
  3. ^ "AHL hockey back in Albany".  
  4. ^ "Lou Lamoriello told Lowell booster club it was 'financially impossible' to stay".  
  5. ^ "Finances, scoreboard top county's agenda".  
  6. ^ "Devils shift AHL operations to Albany".  
  7. ^ "Devils name MacLean as new head coach".  
  8. ^ "Albany Devils announce coaching staff". Albany Devils. 2010-08-10. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  9. ^ Doughrty, Pete (28 December 2013). "Devils set franchise record with sixth straight home victory".  
  10. ^ Hockeydb.com, Albany Devils season statistics and records.
  11. ^ "Albany Devils - Team roster". Albany Devils. Retrieved December 7, 2014. 

External links

  • Albany Devils Official Website
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